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EFTA’s trade strategy has progressively evolved beyond the confines of the European continent. Since the late 1990s the EFTA States have ‘gone global’ to maintain their competitive position in the world. Using EFTA, the Member States have created one of the world's largest networks of free trade partners. The EFTA free trade agreement (FTA) network secures economic operators free access to markets of around 440 million consumers.

It should be noted that while the EFTA countries pursue a policy of concluding free trade agreements, this does not deter them from giving priority to a well-functioning multilateral trade system under the auspices of the WTO. The two approaches, bilateral and multilateral, are mutually supportive.

Screenshot of the FTA mapThe main reason why Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland use EFTA as their common vehicle for free trade negotiations is that, as a trade grouping, the EFTA countries carry more weight as economic players and are thus more interesting for potential trade partners.

For an easy overview of current trading partners, please click to visit the trade relations map 

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Trade Relations News

EFTA and India meet for third round of free trade negotiations
EFTA and India meet for third round of free trade negotiations
27-02-2009 : The negotiations on a broad-based Free Trade Agreement between the four EFTA States and India were pursued during a third round held in New Delhi on 23-26 February 2009.
EFTA and SACU meet for first Joint Committee meeting
EFTA and SACU meet for first Joint Committee meeting
05-02-2009 : The EFTA States and the members of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) held their first Joint Committee meeting on 3-4 February 2009 in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, nine months after the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement ...
EFTA and India conduct second round of free trade negotiations
EFTA and India conduct second round of free trade negotiations
19-12-2008 : Negotiating teams from the EFTA States and India met on 16-19 December 2008 in Geneva to continue talks on a broad-based Free Trade Agreement.
             

KAUFMANN Ivo
Director

TRD, Geneva
+41 22 33 22 630
ivo.kaufmann@efta.int

 
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